Acupuncture has gained popularity as a complementary therapy to fertility treatment, offering a holistic and natural approach to reproductive health. For couples trying to conceive, acupuncture can serve as an effective method for both natural conception support and support during assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). Acupuncture sessions can help regulate menstrual cycles, improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reduce stress, all of which can enhance the chances of conception.
Women considering egg freezing preparations or who have experienced recurrent miscarriages or premature ovarian failure can also benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing mechanisms, which may aid in preserving and optimizing egg quality. Additionally, it can help address underlying factors contributing to recurrent miscarriages, making it a valuable tool for miscarriage prevention. The holistic approach of acupuncture means that it not only focuses on the physical aspects but also considers emotional and mental well-being, which is vital during the challenging journey of fertility treatment.
Overall, acupuncture plays a multifaceted role in fertility treatment, offering support from natural conception to various stages of assisted reproductive technologies and pregnancy, emphasizing a holistic approach to reproductive health and well-being.
Our practitioners are specially trained in using Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve fertility in both women and men by reducing stress levels, increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs, and balancing the endocrine system. They work with couples trying to conceive naturally as well as those using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments. Learn more about Our Team here!
Prenatal & Pregnancy Support
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for the various symptoms during pregnancy. Patients see benefits in treating morning sickness, fatigue, anxiety, and pain. Moreover, acupuncture can be used as a holistic morning sickness treatment for pregnant women who have undergone fertility treatments or have conceived naturally. By targeting specific points, acupuncture can alleviate nausea and vomiting, providing much-needed relief during pregnancy. In many cases, acupuncture is the low risk option for any symptom that comes up during pregnancy as it is a safe and natural option for treatment. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are safe and effective ways to treat pregnancy-related symptoms with no adverse side effects.
Here at Acu Chatt, we are here to support you through your pregnancy and prepare you for your optimal birth. Some of the most common issues we treat during this time are:
- Support Early Pregnancy/Prevent Miscarriage
- Morning sickness
- Musculoskeletal Issues
- High Blood Pressure
- Gestational Diabetes
- Optimal Fetal Positioning/Breech Position (after 32 weeks)
- Labor Preparation- dilation and softening of the cervix (after 37 weeks)
- Postpartum care including: Mastitis, Decreased Milk Supply, Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Acupuncture is also a very effective therapy to help prepare the body for labor and delivery, so that mom and baby have the best possible outcome. This typically begins at 36 weeks (with some variation in specific cases), and often results in a less painful, smoother delivery for mom and baby!
The post-partum period is a crucial time for both Mama and baby, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, particular emphasis is put on the first 2 to 3 months to ensure the best possible support for mama and baby. During this period, we want the help Mama to regain her full strength, recover lost resources, and have enough support to meet all of her infant’s growing needs!
At Acu Chatt, we strive to do just that! We support Mom’s with a whole range of birth experiences, from smooth to more traumatic. We help their bodies adjust to all the changes taking place to make the transition as easy and comfortable as possible.
Postpartum/Postnatal conditions we often work with:
- Decreased Milk Supply
- Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
- Physical Recovery
- C-section or post-operative healing
- Hormone balance
- Fatigue or poor sleep
Don’t worry, guys! We didn’t forget about you! Did you know that 40% of fertility issues are due to male factor infertility? This is why it is so important to address this when treating most fertility-related cases.
- Sperm quality – morphology & motility
- Sperm quantity – Volume
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Currently, there are no conclusive studies on why acupuncture works as a whole. However, there is evidence supporting the effectiveness of several aspects of acupuncture treatment.
- Studies in animals and people, including studies that used imaging methods to see what’s happening in the brain, have shown that acupuncture may affect nervous system function.
- Acupuncture may have direct effects on the tissues where the needles are inserted. This type of effect has been seen in connective tissue.
- Acupuncture used in conjunction with fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF showed a statistically significant increase in positive outcomes for patients.
- Acupuncture has nonspecific effects (effects due to incidental aspects of a treatment rather than its main mechanism of action). Nonspecific effects may be due to the patient’s belief in the treatment, the relationship between the practitioner and the patient, or other factors not directly caused by the insertion of needles. In many studies, the benefit of acupuncture has been greater when it was compared with no treatment than when it was compared with sham (simulated or fake) acupuncture procedures, such as the use of a device that pokes the skin but does not penetrate it. These findings suggest that nonspecific effects contribute to the beneficial effect of acupuncture on pain or other symptoms.
- In recent research, a nonspecific effect was demonstrated in a unique way: Patients who had experienced pain relief during a previous acupuncture session were shown a video of that session and asked to imagine the treatment happening again. This video-guided imagery technique had a significant pain-relieving effect.